Theodore R. Schrock, M.D. served first as acting chair
(1993-1997) and in 1997 became chair of the department. During his
administration key recruitments included Louis Messina, Jeff
Norton, Tim Chuter, William Welch, Bell Schecter as Chief of
Surgery at SFGH, Diana Farmer, Peggy Albanese, Kim Kirkwood and
1994: Laparoscopic surgery expanded under the leadership of
Lawrence Way. Nissen fundoplication, colectomy, inguinal hernia
repair, adrenalectomy, splenectomy and closure of perforated ulcers
were done laparoscopically; creation of the UCSF videoscopic
center; training courses continued, 240 surgeons trained in the
past two years; consultation with bioengineering to develop virtual
reality software and robotic devices that will overcome some of the
technical limitations of present day instrumentation.
By the mid-1990s, women are seen more frequently among the ranks
of UCSF surgeons. The department lagged behind the national average
in the mid-1980s, but an influx of women occurred in the early 90s
due to the merger with the Kaiser residency; the addition of
several women from the "Core" resident pool; and increased matching
of women interns. In 1991 three of the seven general surgery
interns were women. By the late 1990s 53 percent of the resident
class was female, and in 1999 Dr. Nancy Ascher became chair of the
1994: Brought a major expansion of The Center For The Study Of
Gastrointestinal Motility And Secretion; the facility added
diagnostic studies on electrogastrography, small bowel motility,
and anorectal motility.
The Elsbach-Richards Endowed Chair for a Distinguished Professor
of Surgery in basic science is filled by Schrock's recruit, William
1995: Robert Warren became head of Surgical Oncology
1995: UCSF vascular trainee Louis Messina was recruited as
Professor and chair of the division of vascular surgery.
1997: During Schrock's administration, managed care tightened
its grip on the academic medical center, prompting the merger
between UCSF and Stanford which became a reality in 1997.
April, 1999: Dr. Schrock became Chief Medical Officer of
UCSF/Stanford, and when the merger failed in autumn of 1999, he
becameChief Medical Officer of UCSF, taking responsibility in a
time of difficult transition.